Secrets of the wind chime makers
Our Flea Market gardeners have a nice collection of unique and wonderful wind chimes, most of which they have made themselves. Wind chimes add interesting and relaxing sounds to your garden. Some here are sparkly sun catchers to hang in the trees and attract sunlight. Some are musical bell chimes for the porch or garden or wind chimes to fill the distant trees with song.
Kirk Willis says, “A favorite craft by my wife and me…silverware wind chimes, using little bells…such a beautiful sound they make…”
Kirk tells us, “Here’s a blue bell chime my wife and I made together…the blue bottles are compliments of my wife. We have a glass cutter…my wife is the pro at that part! I want to add a small wooden ball inside the bottom bell for an additional sound. Our daughter donated the little glass bobble on the bottom. A family affair!”
Fun facts about wind chimes:
- They’re one of the world’s first musical instruments
- They’re said to attract benevolent spirits
- They’re earliest use was to to scare birds and other animals from cultivated fields.
- The sounds of wind chimes were included in certain Beatles songs.
Sandra Parrill says, “This is my wind bottle wind chime. We have an Inland rock saw that we used to cut the bottles. I used tall Riesling bottles.”
Cathy Wilson says,“To make my blue bottle ‘chandelier,’ I macramed crystal acrylic beads to hold each bottle and used part of an old light fixture to hook them on. I added flat beaded marbles for a bit more bling… I love it in my ‘blue’ patio garden.”
Karen McLendon says, “I make wind chimes out of old silver plate silverware, glass beads and various bases….They make a sweet sound in your garden or on your patio.”
Common Places to Hang Wind Chimes
- On a porch, deck or balcony.
- At front and back doors to welcome guests
- In the garden as a decorative accent.
How to project:
Lisa Collier says, “I’ m so glad that I took the Flea Market Gardening January Challenge! It inspired me to do a project that I had been putting off. I used a metal tiered candy dish, turning the bowl parts upside down and reversed the order putting the biggest on top.
“Then I used wire and started stringing the beads. I only had 3 of these beautiful forks to use, so I spaced them out even and one for the bottom. The forks have holes in the handle, I just run the wire through the holes.”
Lisa says, “I just loved the intricate design of the tray when I found it at a junk shop here, knew I would find something cool to make with it, not bad for a $1.00. Now, the beads on the other hand, were a bit pricey but got them on sale for 60% off, so I’m happy!
I chose these colors because I am going to be using this in my craft room as focal point, it hangs from the air vent in the ceiling so it will still chime. It makes the prettiest sounds too, the ones behind the forks are real crystals and when the forks hit them they sound so good !!”
Wind chimes and sun catchers are made of a number of supplies: ceramic, glass, metal, or wood. Shells, pottery, wood, and stone can also be used as well as many recycled materials we love. The type of material you choose will depend on if you want sound and how much sound you want. Test out your materials first to test the musicality of your chimes.
Make wind chimes from vintage bed springs
The sun catchers below are all made from vintage bed springs which create a charming spiral form to start your project.
Myra Glandon says, “I was inspired by all the neat wind chimes I’ve been seeing on FMG lately so I stopped procrastinating and made one this weekend.”
IF you need bed springs…
Contact Marie Niemann at Abracadabrabeads@msn.com
She will send you bed springs for approximately $5 each or $25 for 6. Free shipping!
More bed spring projects for the garden and home